Well, it's Columbus Day, and some of us intrepid bloggers are still working. While we wait for that first cup of coffee to kick in, let's review the best comments I received on classic novels we can't stand. By popular vote, Steinbeck is the author with the most works no one wanted to read. Anyway, here are the highlights of our fun-filled foray into negativity:
I absolutely *HATE* John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. A whole chapter dedicated to a turtle crossing the road! Kill me!
[On Madame Bovary] This sister bored me with her constant mental complaints about the countryside, her life of comfort, her boredom.
[On Moby Dick] I'd like to slap Raymond Weaver for instigating the Melville Revival.
I have listened to Jane Austen and seen a movie or two. I keep waiting for something to happen. It never does.
Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. I HATE SUE!
here's another vote for Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man. More like Portrait of How to Make Me Fall Asleep Instantly. Plus he has lice? em, ew.
I threw "Of Mice and Men" across the room.
Ulysses by James Joyce. To quote Coleridge (Biographia Literaria), "reads with the grace of a ship afloat on a warm, moist sea of glue."
[On The Killer Angels] It reads like a list of names and dates and as for taking place during a war, the most exciting moments are when General Lee has indigestion!
And my absolute favorite: Ethan Frome. Sorry - suicide by toboggan is just lame.
What do you think? Did we miss any? Are there any of these classics you'd like to defend? Make your stance in the comments.